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Message from the Australian High Commissioner to Bangladesh
Welcome to the website of the Australian High Commission in Bangladesh. I invite you to view the welcome messages from Australia’s Foreign and Trade Ministers on this page, as well as my interview on Australia Bangladesh relations.
Australia was among the first countries in the world to recognise Bangladesh after it achieved independence in 1971. We are old friends, sharing Commonwealth ties, democratic traditions and people-to-people links.
Australia welcomes the continuing growth of its relationship with Bangladesh. Our two-way trade now stands at $1billion, reflecting Bangladesh’s significant economic growth and our highly complementary commercial strengths.
Almost 30,000 Bangladeshi-born people live in Australia, and the community has been growing strongly during recent years. The personal ties between us, forged by family, business, education – and by our shared love for cricket – are striking.
Australia runs a significant development assistance programme in Bangladesh. Our focus is education and health, and reducing vulnerability to economic shock and natural disasters.
On our website you will find information about Australia’s foreign policy and development programs; trade and investment; visas and immigration; education in Australia; and answers to frequently asked questions.
The website also has consular advice for Australians. I encourage Australian citizens and permanent residents in Bangladesh to register with the Australian Government through the High Commission or Smartraveller at www.smartraveller.gov.au.
Registering with the High Commission will help us to find you in an emergency. It also allows us to pass other information to you such as new Travel Advisories, advice of elections in Australia, and other important notices.
Our Ambassadors series
HE Mr Greg Wilcock, Australian High Commissioner, is featured in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s “Our Ambassadors series”. In this interview Mr Wilcock discusses the early days of the relationship between Australia and Bangladesh. He also talks about life in Dhaka and what he hopes to achieve before his term ends as High Commissioner.
Ramadan message from Australia's Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Hon Julie Bishop MP
I extend to Muslims in Australia, and throughout the world, best wishes for the holy month of Ramadan, which begins this week.
Ramadan is a time for reflection, spiritual devotion and renewal. Muslim families around the world come together this month to celebrate their faith and their communities. By fasting, and through acts of charity, Muslims also remember those less fortunate than themselves. Read more: http://www.foreignminister.gov.au/releases/Pages/2014/jb_mr_140627a.aspx
Welcome messages from Australia’s Foreign and Trade Ministers
The Australian Government has introduced a tough new policy for managing illegal maritime arrivals by boat to Australia called Operation Sovereign Borders (OSB).
OSB is a military-led border security initiative to stop the boats, to prevent people risking their lives at sea in the hands of criminals, and to preserve the integrity of Australia’s immigration program.
The new policy introduces a rapid transfer process where asylum seekers are transferred to either the country of Papua New Guinea or country of Nauru within 48 hours of arrival in Australia. The new policy also includes the expansion of processing centres in both locations as well as the turning back of asylum seeker boats.
The OSB Joint Agency Taskforce is delivering a range of offshore communication activities to inform people considering coming to Australia illegally by boat that the rules have changed and they will never get to Australia.
The JATF is supported by three operational task groups:
• Disruption and Deterrence Task Group—led by the Australian Federal Police
• Detection, Interception and Transfer Task Group—led by the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service, which includes Border Protection Command (BPC)
• Offshore Detention and Returns Task Group—led by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP).
Bengali factsheet - 9 December 2013
English factsheet – 9 December 2013
Australia tougher than ever on illegal boat arrivals - 5 December 2013